I was born Charles
Richard Kelty Jr. in South Boston, Massachusetts in 1915. My parents were
Charles Richard Kelty and Mary Jane Watson of Florence, New Jersey, and their
offspring were Louis, Marion, Helen, and myself. Our father was an engineer –
machines, tool and die. Milton, Massachusetts was the setting for my childhood years and I attended excellent
public schools there from 1922-1934. My feeling for poetry was nurtured early
After that I went to the seminary
of the Society of the Divine Word in Techny, Illinois, and was ordained a priest
Service in the missions of Papua
New Guinea followed, from 1947 to 1951, and then editorial duties for the
Society’s magazine, back at Techny, from 1951 to 1960.
A natural love for monastic life drew me to Gethsemani and fulfilled a lifelong
dream. My entry to the community was in February 1960.
Over the past decades I have
served in various capacities: master of the brothers, shoe shop, tailor shop,
vocations office, and retreat house.
Monastic life is everything I wanted, my happiness. All dreams fulfilled. But
the fulfillment came slowly. Following your dreams and not giving up is my best
I can write and I can talk and
that has been my work world. The Sunday homilies on the next pages have been my
proclamation of the good news of the Kingdom.
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